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Covering the Newbery (#58): The Westing Game

1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: I really like the original here, so hard to compare, but I’m pretty happy with the way the new image hints at the plot.

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Up next week: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos

(Source image: “greedy hands” http://flic.kr/p/5AADAA)


About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I’ve got to read this one again. It has been too long.

  2. One of my favorites as a kid and after re-reading as an adult. Did you know that Ellen Raskin designed the original cover for “A Wrinkle in Time”? I love that little factoid…

    • Any and all factoids welcome! Thanks for noting that Raskin did the Wrinkle in Time cover.

  3. I love that the original looks new again.